Dry eye disorder is a major worldwide public health concern. It's prevalence ranges from 0.39% to 33.7%. Dry eye is defined as a multifactorial disease of the tears and interpalpebral ocular surface that leads to instability of tear film, discomfort, fatigue and vision disturbance and it may eventually lead to a significant reduction in life quality and productivity. Multiple treatment options are available to properly heal this condition which include patient education and lifestyle modifications, tear substituent, anti-inflammatory medications and surgical or physical procedures to improve tear retention. Most commonly, eye practitioners prescribe artificial tears to relieve the symptoms. However, dry eye is caused by a number of factors and it is not merely a consequence of insufficient aqueous tear volume on the surface of the eye. Therefore, a single type of artificial tears won't suite all patients. In this presentation an overview of the different commonly available types of lubricants and moisturizers in the Palestinian market will be provided, and the importance to understand their chemical composition, mechanism of action and clinical use, in addition to the possible use with contact lenses will be discussed. These information will help the eye practitioners to select the most suitable lubricant to certain clinical conditions.
Keywords: Dry eye, Artificial tears, Lubricants compositions.
2nd Jordanian Palestinian Optometry Conference
March 23, 2016 - March 25, 2016
The Palestinian Optometry Syndicate & The Jordanian Optometry Syndicate